Civil Society, Conflict and Violence

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This book looks at the role that civil society organizations play in dealing with conflict and violence. The authors argue that in most of the prevalent conceptualizations the conflict dimension of civil society is either downplayed or inadequately addressed. They contend that the ability to deal with conflict is at the heart of organized civil society; in the political process, one of civil society's key functions is to express and mediate between different interests, thus ...

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Overview

This book looks at the role that civil society organizations play in dealing with conflict and violence. The authors argue that in most of the prevalent conceptualizations the conflict dimension of civil society is either downplayed or inadequately addressed. They contend that the ability to deal with conflict is at the heart of organized civil society; in the political process, one of civil society's key functions is to express and mediate between different interests, thus contributing to political decision-making.

The chapters draw on detailed, empirical data from the CIVICUS Civil Society Index - a unique comparative data-set drawn from 25 countries, which has not previously been made publicly available. It examines the different ways violence has been manifested in civil societies, the meaning of violent protest and the impact of security legislation that might hinder the mediating efforts of civil society. The book offers a sophisticated comparison between conflict and post-conflict countries and an analysis of the role of civil society in conflict resolution, reconciliation and transitional justice.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781780930473
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Regina List is Research Associate at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and the Center for Social Investment (CSI) at the University of Heidelberg and Managing Editor of the Journal of Civil Society.

Wolfgang Dorner is part of the team developing the Civil Society Index Program at CIVICUS. He is completing a PhD at the University of Siena, where he also teaches on civil society within the political science department and consults on social policy. Prior to entering academic life he was a social worker in Germany and Italy and worked with a program promoting democracy through the support of civil society organizations in Papua New Guinea.

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